宾夕法尼亚大学建立于1740年的宾夕法尼亚大学是美国第四古老的高等教育机构，宾大现已成为拥有12所学院，几百个系、研究所和研究中心的世界一流研究性大学。在2013年度 《美国新闻与世界报导》杂志的全美大学排名中， 宾大排名第五，与斯坦福大学，麻省理工，加州理工以及芝加哥大学并列。本文是一则关于宾夕法尼亚大学面试日记的经验分享，详见下文。
After handshake and greeting, she introduced herself and began the interview.
Part One Question about the resume
1 Q: about school life (kind of introducing myself and what I did)
A: science experimental class's monitor, organized many activities and also played tennis
2 Q: talk about the volunteer work?
A: volunteer of the school admission date ( kind of verbose here to talk about my role has changed such cliche); visiting team to Jiangxi Province, impressed by the schools of red regions
3 Q:Tennis, players?
A: RF, RN, NJ. She asked who is my favourite. Of course RN and she said the top one hah. But I said no I supported RN when he was still no.2. Then she said she likes Peter
4 Q other interests?
A: Reading books, to learn the American culture and the that of the western country
A: Mark Twain. She said she did in high school and it is tough for me, the foreigner. I said yes for there's too much southern dialects.
5 Q: still study at school?
A: yes, I have to take GaoKao ( talked about the registration, kind of verbose)
A: yes, in childhood and gave it up after I started playing tennis. She said it's kind of like business and she played chess.
Minors: travelling in US; cities I like; why not west? Enjoy "friends"?
Part Two Special Questions
-1 Q: other schools you have applied?
A : ...must I list all? ( No.) then ......Q: so Penn is your first choice? A: of course, the top one.
0 Q: your strait?
A: persistance. For example, palyed tennis for losing weight and after succeeding, played matches, then run for ball boy and then popularize tennis.. Life-long goal
A (I didn't prepare for that!) think for seconds and said I didn't talk to teachers who I have never talked to before. Don't have the opportunities. She said she used to meet the same problem but she could refer to the professor during the office hour and stuff like that.
1 Q: What will you do if you have a large sum of money? Don't have to care about the living expenses.
A: give back to the society, like building a tennis court for my high school ( the current one is too poor); then travel a lot, ( sightseeing and culture)
2 Q: Why Penn? Why engineering?
A: a business trip to Jiangxi and decided to work on the new power generation; smart grid ( this excited her a little bit and told me about her friends working on the grid)
Penn because its entreprenurship program, then talked about Wharton. She said three "rows" to learn business: 1 apply to dual-program ( too tough) 2 transfer to Wharton 3 take courses in Wharton ( that's my choice)
3 Q: your long-term goal?
A: engineering for undergraduate study, then business for business and worked on the two fields maybe back to China.
4 Q:play tennis at Penn?
A: of course! Tell something about the tennis club.
5 Q:do sth for tennis? China's tennis?
A: Li Na ( she knows!) spur more children to play. But men's tennis is still struggling( I trained there for two weeks, too boring, play like machine; still have a long way to go.
Part Three My turn
1 Q: residential college system?
A: yes, first year student can choose the roommate and the building. She said she wanted to be quiet and lived in the same building for two or more years. ( two bed in a dorm)
2 Q: Freshmen and sophomores's role on campus?
A: she told me many clubs, apparently not at my point. So I kept asking" I mean can freshmen be leaders or must follow juniors and seniors? She said of course freshmen can lead as the American's spirit. (She also said that's a good question.)
3 Q:Penn changed a lot?
A: she had no idea cuz she graduated in 2009 and didn't go back then. I said a nano-tech center will be built. ( kind of showing off) I regret to say so.
4 Q: NCAA?
A: don;'t know much, only have been to the football field once.
Handshake; words; taking a picture by another Penn's alumni
1 when taking about the GAOKAO, kind of losing logic, don't know what to say
2 Talking about my weakness, feel at a loss, should be more calm and composed
3 sometimes short of effective words, should practice more in the spare time
4 handshake not " firm" enough
5 many words can be saved like when I was talking about tennis and the nano centre; only have to mention the core info ;should think carefully before speaking